SUMMIT, NJ - The Film Society of Summit will deliver a pair of documentary films thematically linked to American rock band The Velvet Underground. The twin bill will be shown in Summit on November 16, beginning at 7:30, and feature Director Anthony Janelli's 'The Velvet Underground Played at My High School' and 'NICO, 1988'. A post-screening discussion will be led by Janelli.
'The Velvet Underground Played at My High School' is based on Janelli's experience attending a December 12, 1965, concert at Summit High School where The Velvet Underground performed as the opening act -- their first-ever public appearance. The animated film has been in more than 50 film festivals worldwide, winning numerous awards.
As the warm up act that night in Summit, they played three songs for an audience of 15 year-old students. Most of the audience walked out after the first song.
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Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, The Velvet Underground was ranked #19 on Rolling Stone's list of the '100 Greatest Artists of All Time', and the band is seen as one of the key influencers leading to the development of punk rock and new wave music.
'NICO, 1988' follows the singer-songwriter approaching 50, leading a solitary existence in Manchester, far from her 60s glad days as a Warhol superstar and celebrated vocalist of the cult band The Velvet Underground.
The program will be held at MONDO, located at 426 Springfield Avenue. Tickets, priced at $12 in advance and $14 at the door, can be reserved by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or purchasing at the venue. Seating is limited.